Ernest "Butch" Brydon, 88, a retired marine colonel, died March 1. He was a resident of Wyndmoor.
Brydon, who served in World War II and the Korean war, enlisted as a private and rose to the rank of Full Bird Colonel.
He trained with the Special Forces and the Green Berets, and was an expert on small arms and tactics in a modern battlefield environment. In the military, he became a paratrooper.
After his service, he joined a paratrooper club and jumped all over the world, earning wings from Israel, Jordan, Russia, China, South Africa and many more places.
He was a great fan of Israel and its defense, and often visited the offices of the Jewish Exponent to bring attention to military matters in the Middle East.
He was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal from the Marine Corps in 1984 for work in preparing marines for desert operations.
In later years, Brydon became a volunteer fireman with the Wyndmoor Fire Company and an instructor at the Fire Academy, where he won the prize as Best Certified Instructor of the Year. He then became an EMT.
A graduate of Temple University, he was a board member of the Wyndmoor Fire Company EMT and the Wyndmoor Ambulance company. Throughout his life, he ran several businesses.
Brydon is survived by his wife, the former Adelle Miller, and daughter Jane Brydon.